FPU student newspaper wins multiple awards in statewide contest

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Students recognized for outstanding writing and design, FPU professor joins media association board

For the third year in a row, FPU student journalists took home multiple awards at the annual California College Media Association (CCMA) banquet held Mar. 2 in La Jolla.

The Syrinx student newspaper won three awards, including first place for Best Photo Illustration, second place for Best Newspaper Column and second place for Best Headlines. The CCMA banquet is held annually in conjunction with the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) annual midwinter national journalism conference.

FPU competed alongside other California schools including Pepperdine, Biola, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Chapman and several other universities in the B-division comprised of 4-year schools with under 10,000 students.

2019 CCMA awards. Front row (l-r):  Kyland Hall, Pablo Villagrana, Hannah Hamm, Madison McGinnis. Back row (l-r): Loren Friesen, Leonel Loera, Abigail Brown, Hannah Miller, Odalis Sanchez, Hailey Cablao, Rachel Kaneversky.
Students won three awards at a statewide banquet held in conjunction with the 2019 ACP Midwinter National Journalism Convention in La Jolla, Feb. 28 – Mar 2. Eleven student editors from The Syrinx attended the conference and banquet along with their adviser Adam Schrag, Ph.D., associate professor of communication (not pictured). Front row (l-r):  Kyland Hall, Pablo Villagrana, Hannah Hamm, Madison McGinnis. Back row (l-r): Loren Friesen, Leonel Loera, Abigail Brown, Hannah Miller, Odalis Sanchez, Hailey Cablao, Rachel Kaneversky.
PHOTO CREDIT: Syrinx Staff

Senior Madison McGinnis, graphics editor, won first place for Best Photo Illustration for her “Disintegrating Mac Miller” graphic artwork.

First-year student Hannah Hamm, A & E editor, won second place for Best Column for her opinion piece “Respecting diversities you may not know about: a voice from the adopted population.”

Athletics editor, Pablo Villagrana, senior, won second place for Best Headline Portfolio. His portfolio included “Women’s tennis returns for a second serve” and “Bittersweet SWIMphony: FPU coach leaves after six years.”

Adam Schrag, Ph.D., Syrinx adviser and associate professor of communication, was inducted to the CCMA board during the convention, where he will join other media advisers from across the state to promote college media at California universities and community colleges.

A group of 11 FPU student journalists and Schrag also attended the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) annual midwinter national journalism conference in La Jolla, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2. FPU was among several other college media outlets from across the U.S. and Canada. This year’s convention was held jointly with College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM).

The ACP/CMBAM convention offered sessions with media and advertising professionals, including journalists from the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Students attended panels on topics including reporting, social media, data journalism, integrated student media, business management, photojournalism, design and leadership.

For more information on The Syrinx and student media at FPU, email the faculty adviser, Adam Schrag, at adam.schrag@fresno.edu.